Timeline: Up to 12 Months Before Trip
- Make a list of places to visit and things to do. Think about the number of days you have available to travel. Three days and two nights is about the average stay in each location, allowing time for travel between cities. Think about your family or group’s preferences for how your days will be structured and how much sightseeing versus leisure time you would like built into your itinerary. (Here is a sample itinerary.)
- Check with your doctor to see which immunizations are appropriate for your travel plans. Some immunizations may need to be given in a series over a number of months. Discuss any medications that your family will need to bring, including over the counter medications that may not be available in China.
- Check the Center for Disease Control’s website for up-to-date information on medications that are recommended for the areas you will be visiting. For example: they outline many different malaria medications based on regions of the world.
- If using frequent flier miles, check with your airline representatives about the earliest date tickets can be booked. Be sure to think through entry and departure locations and dates as fees may be charged for changes. If you are not using frequent flier miles, refer to the “7 Months Before” section.
- Watch movies and read books about China to learn more about the areas you will be visiting. Practice using chopsticks.